Newsletter - October 2014
In this issue:
Hello and welcome to the October newsletter of Transition Belper. As usual there's plenty going on this month and October is a great time to get involved in the future of Transition. What with our AGM, new courses and early work starting on next years Belper Goes Green you're spoilt for choice.
We'll be reviewing the past year and making plans for the coming year as well as electing the trustees to take us forward. Everyone is welcome to attend but only members will be able to vote in any election or to approve minutes and accounts.
The cost of this privilege is a mere £5 per calendar year so if you wish to consider yourself a member of Transition Belper, rather than a much valued supporter, please come along a little early and complete a membership form. There are other benefits of membership such as discounts on occasional publications such as the Transition Free Press and reduced entry to social events where the entry fee applies.
The Amber and Derwent Valley Community Energy team are making progress towards the goal of producing community energy from the Derwent at Ambergate and will soon be embarking on a series of events in Ambergate to bring more team members on board and to seek the views of Ambergate residents.
The team have just issued their first newsletter to around 80 subscribers and will issue updates as and when there is anything to report. You can see the newsletter here and then use the subscribe button to be sure of getting your own update.
Thirteen people turned up for the first meeting to organise next year's Belper Goes Green ECO Festival. A further nine sent their apologies. Among those attending were Sandra and Steve from the Rugby Club who expressed a desire to build an effective partnership and for the Rugby Club to take a more proactive role in site planning, security and health and safety. Subject to formal Rugby Club agreement Belper Goes Green looks set to go on 30th and 31st May next year.
- Wouldn't it be great if we could have an outdoor stage to create a wonderful atmosphere as well as having the fall-back of the marquee. To that end we'll be approaching a well-known local haulage firm to discuss the loan of a low loader trailer.
- We'll also be trying to secure, at little or no cost, a solar powered cinema to develop a programme of relevant films and documentaries.
- The 10 minute talk idea from the Bakewell ECO Festival seemed to work well but could perhaps have done with more time for discussions and questions and answers. We'll try to put together a programme of 30 minute talks/discussions.
- We'll also make space available for workshops and try to develop a full programme. This could be used by the Big Energy Project or the Creativity and Wellbeing Group, for example.
- The aim is to be more 'green' and user friendly so we'll be building highly visible recycling bins and encouraging food and drink suppliers to dispense food on plates, cups etc that are compost-able or can be returned to the stall. Charging a deposit on plastic glasses, for example, will encourage their return where they can be washed and reused.
- The Rugby Club will try to get the grass cut in the few days before the festival although this is apparently the responsibility of the County Council.
- We'll also apply to the Town Council for them to erect and dismantle the market stalls for us.
- With so much potentially happening we need a programme to tell people what, when and where. There is a great opportunity to produce a good quality programme with advertising or sponsorship and to sell copies at a rate that will cover most of the costs of the festival and allow a surplus to be used for Transition Belper insurance, accountants fees and, more importantly, projects in the community.
- It will also be a great way of getting across the aims and objectives of the Transition movement in a way that is related specifically to our area.
- There were dozens of suggestions made through the feedback forms at the festival and the subsequent online survey. At our next meeting on 21st October (7.30 at the Queen's Head, Chesterfield Road) we'll go through these ideas. We'll seek a volunteer to organise those we like including through a newsletter appeal if necessary. We'll keep a list of 'open ideas' and if appeals for volunteers bring no response we'll chop them from the list and move on.
Scarecrow organiser needed
- Our first appeal is for a scarecrow competition organiser. This will entail publicising the competition and organising the entries from shops in town as well as organising a workshop during the Arts Festival that can be advertised in the Arts Festival programme. Then there will be the placing of them on the site and encouraging people to vote. You'll also need to organise a team to dismantle leftover scarecrows and recycle the components. Interested? - contact David to discuss.
Amber Valley consult on Garden Waste Service
Rosemary MacLennan at Derby Eco Centre wanted Transition members to know about some exciting Permaculture courses that are coming over the next few months. It's a great opportunity to learn practical methods of sustainability, the ethics behind Permaculture and gain new skills.
If any members are interested the dates for the two courses are as follows:
Introduction to Permaculture:
Friday 24 & Saturday 25 October 2014 (2 days)
£53 / £48 / £26
Permaculture Design Certificate:
Starts Friday 9 & Saturday 10 January 2015 (14 days over 6 months).
£388 / £351 / £203
There are more details on the attached PDF. Which is available here.
If you would like further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01629 533038.
Sarah Carvell of Illumin8 LED asked me to pass on this offer to our members.
Following their advertisement in the May edition of the Transition Free Press for LED’s, she is delighted to let you know that their offer to pay 20p back to the Transition Movement for each LED bulb sold to Transition Members, remains open until 31st October 2014.
The offer can be accessed by following this link www.illumin8led.com – and using the code SWITCHTOLED.
Their LED’s save in excess of 80% lighting costs and provide a payback of less than 1 year – there has never been a better time to swap to LED’s!
Derwent Valley Cycleway
The Derwent Valley Cycleways guys are organising an open event this month and we have offered our support. Transition members are welcome to attend and the minutes of the last meeting can be found here.
A room has been booked for the First Annual Progress Meeting of the Derwent Valley Cycleway Group. It is going to be held at Nailers (Football Club Premises) in Belper at 10.30am on Saturday the 11th October.
It's a great way to learn more about what they have been doing to further this exciting project and will provide you with an opportunity to ask questions.
Last year the council collected 4,092 tonnes of garden waste for composting. This was 9% of the total household waste collected. They are now considering options to either withdraw or to charge householders for the service. Either option will almost certainly make Amber Valley's extremely poor recycling rates worse than ever.
You can have your say by completing their online survey which closes on 21st October.
If you didn't manage to pick up a copy of Derby Telegraph last week it featured Pauline Latham praising our work opposing the AVBC Core Strategy. She said:
"Whilst Transition Belper has been around for some time as a community action group, its contribution to the consultation process on Amber Valley Borough Council's revised Core Strategy should receive the recognition it deserves."
The full article, with a bit more about Transition in it, can be found here.
1st October - Social Drinks, Cross Keys, Belper Market Place from 7.30 PM
2nd October - Trustees Meeting - Fresh Ground, Belper at 7.30
8th October - Transition Belper AGM, The Strutts, Derby Road Belper at 7.30PM
11th October - Derwent Valley Cycleway Annual Progress Meeting, Nailers (Belper FC Premises) at 10.30 AM
21st October - Belper Goes Green Meeting - Queens Head Pub, Chesterfield Road Belper at 7.30PM
Transition Belper Facebook Group
Keep up-to-date with the latest developments and join any discussions on Facebook. Join us here
Belper Goes Green
The shared space for all those involved in organising Belper Goes Green. Join us here
Belper and DE56 Energy Descent Action Plan
The shared space for those involved in developing our EDAP. Join us here
Travel and Transport Belper
Transition Belper group to share ideas, information and resources for travelling more sustainably in and around Belper. Join us here
Belper's fruit and veg grower's forum
There is a Facebook Group locally for exchanging tips and ideas for your garden and anything to do with growing fruit and veg. Join the Forum here
A Local group to advertise for Recycling, Upcycling, Neighbourly Help & Advice, Lending & Borrowing in the DE56 Area. Join us here
This group is to explore the issues around Transition and how they can be interpreted creatively. Join us here
Belper Gardening Club
The Facebook page for members of the Belper Gardening Club - supported by Transition Belper. Join us here
The trustees of Transition Belper are:
Chair - David George
Secretary - Richard Keighley
Treasurer and Social Secretary - Adrian Rochford
Core Group - Craig Scott
Core Group and Station Crew Co-ordinator - Kate Pudney
Core Group and Transport Group leader - Jennie Lindop
Core Group and Creativity and Wellbeing Group Organiser - Christine Gray